I was just diagnosed with Stage 3 Kidney disease after 35 years of being on Lithium. I have tried to come of it several times (valproic acid, depakote, atypical antipsychotics) and now I've got kidney disease. I have my blood levels done every 6 months and they still didn't catch it until I was Stage 3. I'm furious and feeling helpless, as is pretty normal for living with bipolar with limited and random treatment. Please let me know if you have had experience treating kidney disease with diet or other means. I'm also going off my lithium which is really scary. Any success stories of going onto another medication that does not include valproic acid depakote, atypicals?